The ugly duckling
This morning I spoke to a friend’s brother..connected with him after a long time…
He used to be a problem child…never able to retain a job…wild…different..
I learned today, that he heads a key role for a very large diversified business group, as country head! I was very happily surprised and pleased…and later…reflective…
How often I have come across people who’ve been “written off” or seen as “high maintenance” or “problems” who have turned it all around.
Most of us had life easy..Most folks toed the line…trod the beaten path…did all the safe things…got adulation…got acceptance…were not treated like wierd people..these folks..were mostly misunderstood, more often than not by their own family..burdened with a constant demand to prove themselves, settle down, do something with their life..
And actually all they were doing, was trying to figure out what they wanted to become…who they wanted to be…what they loved…what caught their fancy in a way that they would be able to live with it all their life…
And time and again, I have seen them become successful…to the surprise of most and the chagrin of a few, I must add!
And having achieved their objective, found their dream, found their passion, I have seen these folks happier than most others.. I find they’re more stable, more at peace with themselves than most others, who chose the beaten path..
There is a lot to be said, for following your heart…for persevering…for refusing to accept anything less than what brings you completeness..there is a lot to be said for not allowing ridicule or social doubt affect your focus..
I wonder today, how we treat such people in our families? As business leaders in organizations, are we specifically attuned to such people because they have a tremendous energy and passion which if harnessed can add huge value. As friends, family, colleagues…are we sensitive?
The fable of the ugly duckling had a moral for the ducklings that read it, and for the nurturers around the duckling…which one are you?
Have you known someone like this? How did it affect you? I’d love to know more…
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